The Morden Cluster Girls Football Tournament took place on Thursday 8th November 2018 at the welcoming facilities of Harris Academy Morden. 10 teams attended from 9 schools across the Morden quarter and it was refreshing to see and hear a build-up of excitement as the squads with a maximum of 10 girls arrived at the AstroTurf pitches.

At 1pm, a sunny albeit windy competition commenced as the group stages group stages got underway. The draw consisted of 2 groups of 5 teams all playing each other once before progressing to a final placings match. The top four placed teams would earn themselves the opportunity to represent their school in the borough finals taking place on 23rd November 2018.

The early rounds of games got off to tentative starts with 3 0-0 draws for Malmesbury v Benedict and Cranmer v Haslemere 1 but teams began to grow in confidence, strategy and boldness as the games went on. Noticeable results came in the form of 4-0 and 5-0 victories for SS Peter and Paul yet the closest contest of the group stages contained both them and St. Teresa’s; the later team coming out 1-0 winners after a tense duel and claiming top spot in group B having maintained clean sheets throughout.

In Group A, Liberty School managed to pip top spot. After two draws in their first two games they managed to secure two victories topping the group unbeaten in their four games having only conceded two goals. Haslemere 1 did a great job of finishing in second place in this group having condeeded only one goal, yet it being to the group leaders, Liberty.

The final group standings after four games each were as follows:

Group A

School

Points

1

Liberty

DDWW = 8

2

Haslemere 1

DWWL = 7

3

Cranmer

DDDW = 6

4

Benedict

DLDD = 3

5

Malmesbury

DLLL = 1

 

Group B

School

Points

1

St. Teresa’s

DWWW = 10

2

SS Peter and Paul

WWLW = 9

3

Haslemere 2

WWLL = 6

4

Morden

DLDL = 2

5

Abbotsbury

LLLD = 1

 

The final placings round then took shape with each team’s position meeting their corresponding opposition from the other group. These games turned out to be even tighter than the groups with 3 of 5 of them ending in draws after the allotted time and for the top four teams, this meant a penalty shoot-out. SSPP who played Halsemere 1 for the third-place match could not be decided even after sudden death penalty kicks and the decision was made by all to award both teams the draw and the third-place Bronze position. Congratulations to both teams for earning the chance to progress.

In the 1st place final, St Teresa’s versed Liberty for the gold medal; another game that finished 0—0 yet a very tense sudden death penalty shoot-out went the way of Liberty after some fantastic goal keeping from both sides. Well done to both teams on a great match and progressing in Gold and Silver place to the finals, also to St. Teresa’s for completing the tournament without conceding a goal in normal time.

A huge congratulations to Malmesbury for being voted our Morden Cluster Girls Football REFSPECT winners for 2018/19. This is brilliant achievement and one the MSSP team rate very highly in competitive sport and festival-based activity. Thank you for the 5 wonderful young leaders from Harris Academy for assisting the event and officiating the matches – without them these events would not happen so we really are grateful and appreciative for all staff and leaders at HAMD for their time.

We are looking forward to the finals and to all other cluster-based sports taking place in the months to come!

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